Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely recently sat down with a group of reporters as they talked about writing “Captain America: Civil War”.
The names Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely may not be familiar to most, but if your a fan of the “Captain America” movies then you should have no worries as this is their third time doing so as both also wrote the first two films, Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Markus and McFeely couldn’t talk much about specifics of the film. but were able to touch on the relationship between Tony Stark and Peggy Carter and balancing the Civil War comic storyline with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“As we have not started shooting, and I’m on my fourth draft of many, that question of who Peggy was to Tony Stark has been in and out all over the place so who knows. So many things can shake out but we’ve had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don’t. But we saw Peggy in Winter Soldier, so we know she’s around”. Said McFeely
When asked about their initial reactions to reading the Civil War storyline.
“There’s a depth of myth to the Civil War storyline. People asked this earlier at our other panel, why now? Why are comic books so prevalent? Why are these movies doing so well? In some ways, we’ve become a genre that you can do well now given the world of computers and perhaps it’s also just a time in the sun. You went to the movies in the 50’s and 60’s you went to a western. So at this point, you’re going to a superhero movie. It’s taking over that same black hat, white hat myth-making surface. I don’t have a much smarter answer than that.”
Markus and McFeely also talked about the adjustments needed to make the “Civil War” storyline a reality given that the comic was written and published before there was a Cinematic Universe.
“It’s a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we’ve established, and everyone’s established in the MCU are serviced and sound correct, right? Because there’s a difference between the characters in Civil War, which was written in 2006, 2007. The MCU doesn’t exist when it was written. There isn’t a Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans who has helped create the character so we need to make sure that that template gets adjusted and what have you in order to make sure it services these characters and not just sort of rip off their parts and make them look like them.”
Of course for me the most exciting thing they had to say about “Captain America: Civil War” was the confirmation that Scarlett Johansson will be back as “Black Widow”.
“We’ve been preparing for the movie since the last one debuted last year. So, we’ve been working on it for a long time now. We’re very happy how it’s coming along. It’s going to star Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson will be back, Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan will be back, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man will also be joining us in the next film.”
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters on May 6, 2016